There's no such thing as an easy medical school. If you’ve set your sights on becoming a physician, be prepared to study and work hard, with little time for anything else. Getting accepted into medical school – any medical school – requires you to have already worked hard in your undergraduate studies. There are, however, some schools that are easier to get into, but it's necessary to define “easier” first.
The first eliminations to make in your search for “easier” schools are private universities with big reputations. Those schools have people competing for admission to a high quality course of training, but also for the name of the school. Look into state university systems instead. They may be “easier” on any of three counts: test scores, space and costs.
If test scores are your main obstacle, you can shop for schools by their medical students’ average scores overall GPA, science GPA and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores. Spanish speakers will be at an advantage here, because three of those lower test-average schools are in Puerto Rico. Ponce School of Medicine, the Central University of the Caribbean and the University of Puerto Rico Medical College all have average MCAT scores below 8, a distinction shared in the U.S. only by Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
Low Income Minority Spanish Speakers
Another option for Spanish speakers who want to leap over the cost obstacle to admission is Cuba. Cuba offers full medical school scholarships to low income students who qualify from several countries, including the U.S., to attend the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana. The slots for this program are limited, but once you're in, you receive tuition, room and board.
Another “free ride” to a medical education is the U.S. military, but there are a few strings attached. Qualifying members of the military can attend medical school in exchange for two years of active duty service for every year of their scholarship after they're MDs. Qualification still requires meeting minimum standards on the MCAT and GPA, as well as completion of the core pre-med curriculum, but the military's average test scores are in the lowest quintile.
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